1.8 Seconds

1.8 Seconds

I rolled my eyes to the sky as my ears picked up the conversation happening right next to my table. It was more like a speech rather than a conversation since conversation is supposed to be two way. A lady was chastising a waitress for something inconsequential and as you can already probably guessed, what could the waitress do but cast her gaze down to her feet while murmuring “yes Mam” after every 2 sentences uttered by the customer?

This is not the first time and certainly won’t be the last time I’ve witnessed such thing. I’ve been to quite a few places and I’m sorry to say that I witness this the most in my hometown. People can be so rude towards waiters/waitresses in restaurants or other public services places. It’s almost as if they are ascertaining their positions in the social hierarchy. I am richer, I pay your salary, therefore, you have to treat me like a king/queen. 

I’m not even saying like mild complaining about food being served late, or the typical other complaints one does actually have the right to be upset about. No. These rude customers feel like they’re entitled because they pay and the demands they make can be so outrageous sometimes. Not to mention when they sulk because they cannot break the rules.

I mean, come on.

Paying doesn’t give you a right to be rude. You’re paying for the serving service rendered, not to treat the employees like underlings. What’s so difficult in smiling? What’s so difficult in saying two little words, thank you? It only takes about 1.8 seconds to do both, one after another. Yes, I timed myself smiling and saying thank you.

It’s really not that hard to be nice. No yelling needed. No bulging veins needed. If you have something to say, say it nicely. It’s not like the waiters/waitresses don’t understand you.

I thank the Providence everyday for the mere existence of these rude people. They teach me what I should never do, what I should never become. Being richer doesn’t make you superior. We are all the same. We are human beings and no other human beings deserve to be treated poorly.



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